American Public Media Acquires Journalism Crowdfunding Service

Says 'crowdfunding has come of age'

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Spot.us, an experiment in using community donations to fund journalism, has been acquired by American Public Media and folded into the public radio organization's Public Insight Network.

Spot.us was founded in 2008, promising a new way to support the increasingly underfunded traditions of investigative and local journalism. Freelance journalists pitch stories, along with the request for funding that they need to do the reporting. Then if community members think the news is worthwhile, they can donate. Ultimately, the fully funded stories get published on either the Spot.us

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